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Man shot while sleeping in Durham apartment dies

Posted December 11, 2013

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— A 27-year-old man who was shot early Saturday morning while he slept in his Durham apartment has died of his injuries, according to police. 

Darren Taylor was seriously injured at about 1 a.m. when shots were fired into an apartment at 143 Commerce St. Authorities said early Wednesday that Taylor died at the hospital. 

No arrests have been made in the shooting, but authorities said Wednesday it will now be investigated as a homicide. 

Anyone with information about the shooting should call Durham Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.

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  • jackaroe123 Dec 12, 2013

    "Why is it that the Raleigh crime stories get very few comments while the Durham stories get slammed. There is a very obvious bias... As many have stated before, the vast majority of Durham's crime is committed by a small minority on a small minority of the population in a relatively small geographical area of the city."

    While I love Durham, live here, and am fiercely loyal to it, I have a different take on the bias you cite: Durham is known well enough beyond the old stereotypes that such bias (if accurate) really doesn't hurt us anymore. Those who choose to are able to look past any media bias. That being the case, I WELCOME that attention. Pity Raleigh if its problems are indeed swept under the rug. The only way any city will ever make any progress on these issues is by addressing problems.

    As for your accurate statement that most of Durham's crime is isolated, etc, I take issue b/c that shouldn't be an excuse (not that that was your intent). We should care regardless.

  • Phyxius1 Dec 11, 2013

    Like I said the other day, this area in Durham is like downtown Beirut during the early 1980s. The only safe place is inside a fortified underground, bullet-proof bunker.
    Obamacare for one and all

    Kind of like your North Raleigh area. Look up the crime reports and then lock your doors and get in your own bunker. How many people again got stabbed and shot in Raleigh this weekend? You constantly like to say Durham is like Beirut but you don't even live in the county or know all its areas first hand. BTW: Still waiting for the crime report stats for all the areas in the 10 mile hot zone you declared was so bad. My specific area had 0 crimes this weekend, your North Raleigh had more.

  • mafiamic Dec 11, 2013

    Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.

    How do you know who to pay it to then?

  • Obamacare for one and all Dec 11, 2013

    Like I said the other day, this area in Durham is like downtown Beirut during the early 1980s. The only safe place is inside a fortified underground, bullet-proof bunker.

  • 678devilish Dec 11, 2013

    Sad tragedy. Even sadder they may never find the killer. My condolences to the family and many friends.

  • jmc3 Dec 11, 2013

    Thoughts and prayers for the victim and his family. An incident like this should remind us that we never know when our time will come and that we should be thankful for each day we have. Regarding earlier comments on this story, I wholeheartedly agree with Phyxius1 that, as usual, the myriad of crime stories in Raleigh are either unreported on WRAL (another shooting last night in Raleigh-I found out about it on WTVD website) or under-reported (the story stays up for a few hours or maybe a day and then is replaced) while the Durham crime news stays up for days. Why is it that the Raleigh crime stories get very few comments while the Durham stories get slammed. There is a very obvious bias on the part of WRAL and others, one that fans the flames of stereotypical perceptions about Durham. As many have stated before, the vast majority of Durham's crime is committed by a small minority on a small minority of the population in a relatively small geographical area of the city.

  • jackaroe123 Dec 11, 2013

    "There isn't an appropriate positive spin on this, and acknowledging that is courageous b/c it holds ourselves accountable for doing something about it, as opposed to explaining it away and carrying on until next time."

    "Just another day in Durham"

    Tune in next time, folks, when mike275132 still won't have cared about any of it!

  • Phyxius1 Dec 11, 2013

    Why is this news?

    Just another day in Durham, make sure you wear your Kevlar vest.
    mike275132

    Just like In Raleigh almost daily and elsewhere lately...Multiple robberies over the weekend, 2 people stabbed Sun, 42 yr old man shot and killed Sat and the other 10 shots fired calls since last Sat alone in Raleigh. Two people were killed in Sanford shooting Sun. Fayetteville has even more shootings than Durham. Crime is everywhere and its sad people lose their lives in these senseless crimes. People forget things happening in their own backyards when they can highlight anothers. Not saying Durham doesn't have its crime but so do other counties in the state. Condolences out to the family that lost a loved one.

  • mike275132 Dec 11, 2013

    Why is this news?

    Just another day in Durham, make sure you wear your Kevlar vest.

  • jackaroe123 Dec 11, 2013

    Darren was a really nice, likeable young man who was devoted to his kids. This is very sad news.

    There is nothing peaceful about a gun death, however unaware a victim may be through a prolonged death. There isn't an appropriate positive spin on this, and acknowledging that is courageous b/c it holds ourselves accountable for doing something about it, as opposed to explaining it away and carrying on until next time.

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